Amma McKen | Alaako Oso

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Alaako Oso

by Amma McKen

This is a fusion of world African, Afro-cuban latin-soul
Genre: World: African
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1. Elegba
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2. Arada-Accapella
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7:25 album only
3. Ogun
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6:17 album only
4. Shango
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4:50 album only
5. Yemonja
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6. Osun
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7. Oya
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8. Obatala
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Album Notes
Amma McKen, one of the most sought after apons (leader singers) of Yoruba/Lucumi music in the US, has been singing songs in praise of the Orisa’s for over 3o years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Amma has sung for numerous Bembes and religious ceremonies in and outside the United States, as well as colleges and universities conducting lecture demonstrations and performances.

On this project Amma is accompanied by a group of experienced musicians/singers and features members of the group of which she is the co-founder Omiyesa. The musical director is esteemed Cuban artist and accomplished bata drummer Orlando “Puntilla” Rios.

The title is derived from the Yoruba language of southwestern Nigeria which means, “The Owner of Songs is Eloquent”. This project is a compilation of eight songs derived from the Yoruba cultural tradition and religion known as Lucumi in Cuba and the United States. The songs include the bata orchestra, drum and shekere as well as an accappella selection in the style Arada people. The traditional call and response style of the songs and the masterful drumming and percussion will encourage all listeners to sing along and dance and will inspire and encourage all practitioners in their worship of Oludamare (God).

Singers and Musicians
Amma McKen
Tima Baker
Ola DeJean
Linda Evans
Olufemi Mitchell
Kim Williams
Emilio Barreto
Puntilla Rios
Keyende Baker-Fann
Skip Burnley
Neil Clarke
Ayanda Clarke
Larry Washington

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I have heard a lot of Orisha music over the years.THIS is one of the best I've heard. Her voice is beautiful and the chorus and drums are jammin with excellent harmony and you can really hear the words.I'm buying the cd.

Ayoka Quinones

The Best CD I have ever heard in my Life!
This CD is a wonderful blend of music and song. Its an excellent tribute to the Orisa and a must have for your collection!! Buy one for your home, car, friends, family and children. This is history in the making!


Amma McKen
Love it! A must have, for sure.

Cathy Pearson

Awesome,this CD is truly a blessing.
Many kudos to Iya Amma. She is truly a magnificant flatter of Orisa. There is no way they can resist her call. The strength and harmony of the drumming and voices that supports her call is awesome. May we have many many more musical gifts from her. Blessings to all who contributed to the production of this CD.

Kevin fm Phila

What a blessing to have a cd in which each word is distinguishable from the next
After 17 yrs of listening to CDs fm Nigeria, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil, it is with great satisfaction that we celebrate Iya Amma's success with this first of many successful musical productions. Maferefun Egun,Yemonya, and Olodumare for safeguarding and strengthening her voice to share so much love of Orisha with us today!

Carletta Goldston

The Orishas heard you loud and clear. I feel their presence as I listen
Congratulations! This is some of the best music I have heard! When I want to invite the orishas I will do so with the help of your music. I will share it with all whom I know who understand.


Awesome - Her voice was sooo Clear and Beautiful -- she will bring down many Ori
Her voice is resounding and clear -- I am sure that when she sings at any Bembe or Quido for Orisha all Orisha come down to EARTH!!! Aseoo To her for such a beautiful CD -- I have played it over and over and over!


A True Blessing in My Life
Iya Amma's voice will uplift you and encourage you to learn about and love orisa even more. The drummers and singers are exquisite-and the best thing is that you can learn because it is all so clear. I can't wait for the next cd!


The Owner of Song is TRULY eloquent!!
This CD stirs the soul. You must have it in your collection!


a must have for Orisha devotees
Hopefully, this is the first of many CD's by Ms. Mcken. Her clear crisp delivery of the material allows the experience to be a educational one, i. e. one can actually learn the songs.
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